Category Archives: Sensitivity & feedbacks

Bjorn Stevens in the cross-fire

by Judith Curry

Bjorn Stevens has published two interesting and important papers in the last few weeks, which have placed him squarely in the cross-fire of both the scientific and public debates on climate change.

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Climate sensitivity: Ringberg edition

by Judith Curry

Presentations are now available  from the WCRP Workshop on Earth’s Climate Sensitivity.

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Climate sensitivity: lopping off the fat tail

by Judith Curry

Interest is running high this week on the topic of climate sensitivity.

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Implications of lower aerosol forcing for climate sensitivity

by Nic Lewis

A new paper on aerosol radiative forcing has important implications for estimates of climate sensitivity.

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The albedo of Earth

by Judith Curry

An important new paper finds that the albedo of Earth is highly regulated, mostly by clouds, with some surprising consequences.

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Lessons from the ‘Irreducibly Simple’ kerfuffle

by Rud Istvan

UPDATE:  Response from Christopher Monckton

The Monckton, Soon, Legates, and Briggs paper “Why models run hot, results from an irreducibly simple climate model” appeared in the January 2015 Science Bulletin of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Hereinafter MSLB.

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On determination of tropical feedbacks

by Greg Goodman

Satellite data for the period surrounding the Mt Pinatubo eruption in 1991 provide a means of estimating the scale of the volcanic forcing in the tropics. A simple relaxation model is used to examine how temporal evolution of the climate response will differ from the that of the radiative forcing.

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